Precisely to the Brim

Precisely to the Brim

I don’t know whether this is a poem. Or not.

I don’t know why it has taken me more than half a century to figure out that measuring the water you put in the teapot when you’re making tea or coffee saves a lot of time and electricity (or gas).

I used to have a pint or two left over in the kettle that I heated up and didn’t use every time I made tea, which tends to be a lot if you give up beer and soda.

A cup of water takes about five minutes to boil on my electric stove, and there’s two cups to a pint, so that’s ten or twenty kilowatt minutes that I can save by measuring. Plus ten to twenty minutes of my precious time.

And you can amaze your friends when you empty the kettle into the teapot, and fill it precisely to the brim.

Okay, okay, some of it burns off, but not enough so they’d notice. It helps to choose friends who are easily amazed.

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Stephen Hartshorne worked in newspapers and magazines around New England for many years and served as Information Officer in the New Hampshire Senate under Senate President Vesta Roy. He worked as a material handler for nine years at the Yankee Candle Company until the company was taken over by corporate weasels. He is currently the associate editor of, an alternative travel website, which gives him the opportunity to correspond with writers and photographers all over the world. He lives in Sunderland, Massachusetts. This blog is dedicated to his mom, who made him bookish.

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